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What bhappens if coughed during endoscopy will not do any damage to esophagous or aspiration pneumonia?

What bhappens if coughed during endoscopy will not do any damage to esophagous or aspiration pneumonia?

While coughing &....: ..and gagging are common whenever a tube is slid down the throat, but that doesn't cause aspiration pneumonia. Reflux or regurgitation of stomach contents is what can cause it. That's why you shouldn't eat or drink anything ~ 12 hours beforehand. The endoscope is a flexible tube that may irritate the esophagus temporarily, but it doesn't cause damage or long term problems. ...Read more

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Computed Tomography (Definition)

Ct uses xrays taken an 360 degrees combined with a computer to see"inside" the body. The table moves as the xray tube and detectors spin around the patient 10 times a second or more! The image shows excellent soft tissue detail, enhanced with injection of intravenous contrast or oral contrast. This way the body is shown in slices, in any plane, usually axially, but ...Read more


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What's the difference between a mild/starting aspiration pneumonia and a severe one. Is there less lung damage if caught and treated early? Thanks!

What's the difference between a mild/starting aspiration pneumonia and a severe one. Is there less lung damage if caught and treated early? Thanks!

Yes: Identify the cause?
Stroke, swallowing abnormality,
regurgitation, hiatal hernia, esophageal diverticulum, obstruction etc.

Fix the problem. Left alone, recurrent pneumonia, lung abscess sepsis are serious. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from aspiration pneumonia (vomit into right lower lobe and left) as a result of intubation in a healthy 36 yr male?

How long does it take to recover from aspiration pneumonia (vomit into right lower lobe and left) as a result of intubation in a healthy 36 yr male?

Depends: From 3-5 days to a month, all depends on ph of gastric content, particulate matter, recovering abilities and other comorbidities and certainly quality of treating physicians. ...Read more

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My mom is in micu with aspiration pneumonia she intubated on respirator feeding tubes etc for 1 week now. Is than normal? What should I be asking dr?

My mom is in micu with aspiration pneumonia she intubated on respirator feeding tubes etc for 1 week now. Is than normal? What should I be asking dr?

Common: Sad situation. I would suppose the treatment team has told you this is a serious situation that is often fatal. That she has held on for a week is a good sign, and slow recovery is still possible. This condition is not a one size fits all. Recovery could be swift or take months. Try to remain positive and focus on what the docs think will be a signs of improvement, transition to a regular room, etc ...Read more

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What could I do to find out if I will get aspiration pneumonia from food that I choaked on?

What could I do to find out if I will get aspiration pneumonia from food that I choaked on?

Symptoms: Often aspirated food causes inflammation, but it only occasionally causes infections. If you have fevers, chills, sharp chest pain, or worsening cough then you may need further evaluation and perhaps antibiotics. ...Read more

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Do people with aspiration pneumonia have a lot of pain?

Do people with aspiration pneumonia have a lot of pain?

No: Not typically, aspiration pneumonia is not typically painful, unless there is some complication of the pneumonia or a condition related that predisposed to aspiration is causing pain. ...Read more

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Where & what lung sounds are most lassociated with developing aspiration pneumonia in kid with trach?

Crackles: Aspiration pneumonia is most commonly characterized by the sound of 'crackles' in the lung bases. This crackling sound is more commonly heard in the right lung as the the trachea bifurcates at a sharper downward angle toward the right lung in comparison to the left, and is more susceptible to collecting contents of aspiration. ...Read more

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Aspiration pneumonia: what are its causes and cures? What causes fluid build up in the lungs? Will infections set in?

Aspiration pneumonia: It is an inflamation of the lungs due to food, liquids, and often stomach acid entering lungs through the trachea. Its most common in those with swallowing abnormalities where the entrance to trachea is not adequately covered during swallowing. Reflux is often a contributing factor. Often more common in the elderly. Secondary infection may set in. Prevention is important in those predisposed. ...Read more

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Possibility of aspiration pneumonia my 7 m.O baby chocked on liquid vitamins, coughed violently, vomited, still occasionally coughs 12 hours after.

Possibility of aspiration pneumonia my 7 m.O baby chocked on liquid vitamins, coughed violently, vomited, still occasionally coughs 12 hours after.

Choke/cough: Anytime there is a combination of choking on something in an infant or toddler followed by coughing, there is a possibility that a small aspiration occurred. It is also possible a little 'went down the wrong way' and the trachea (windpipe) is a little irritated. If any difficulty or distress breathing needs to be seen now/today. If just the little coughing and otherwise fine, humidity and observe. ...Read more

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What's better for senior to have installed after stroke. Cannot eat and has dementia and is bedridden. Less regurgitation, and aspiration pneumonia?

What's better for senior to have installed after stroke. Cannot eat and has dementia and is bedridden. Less regurgitation, and aspiration pneumonia?

Quality of life...: Sometime a feeding tube is used but with advanced dementia, feeding tube often causes more harm than good. It is not easy, but significant illnesses reduces hunger and so one often does not feel hungry. Use of feeding tube thus equals forced feeding which is not a good thing. Have a family meeting; discuss the wish of the person and respect it. It is not easy. Good luck. ...Read more

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Doc says I have aspiration pneumonia, but I don't remember throwing up. How does that happen?

Doc says I have aspiration pneumonia, but I don't remember throwing up. How does that happen?

Aspiration: ...Does not always mean you vomited. Most aspiration occurs during sleep, and the truth is that nealy all pneumonia (except tb) results from aspiration of oral contents. Most of the time your normal defense mechanisms prevent pneumonia, but occasionally, enough of the wrong kind of bugs are able to overcome your normal defenses and you get sick. Its a miracle it doesn't happen more often. ...Read more

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I inhaled some food 8 days ago I feel out of breath after eating only would I know if I had aspiration pneumonia?

I inhaled some food 8 days ago I feel out of breath after eating only would I know if I had aspiration pneumonia?

Unlikely but see Dr.: If you have a normal cough reflex you likely expelled the particles as they entered your trachea. If the particles reached your lung contaminated with bacteria and developed into pneumonia you would usually have cough, fever and shortness of breath and feel ill. These symptoms might develop slowly over several days or weeks in some cases depending on the type of bacteria. See your physician. ...Read more

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For an elderly with dementia, to further avoid aspiration pneumonia should we replace the peg tube for a pej one. Is that an option? Consequences? Thx

Yes it is an option: If she is having aspiration while receiving feedings via a peg tube, conversion to j- tube should diminish aspiration from gastric reflux (assuming there is no obstruction distally in the GI tract). If the aspiration is from swallowing, conversion will not help. If her dementia is profound, it may be helpful to discuss both medical and life goals with her physician or ethics board. ...Read more

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How much time is taken by a 83 year old person to recover from aspiration pneumonia, having 2 stroke in history, temporary high blood sugar and high bp.

How much time is taken by a 83 year old person to recover from aspiration pneumonia, having 2 stroke in history, temporary high blood sugar and high bp.

Take good care: This is a tough question to answer without actually seeing you. What I suggest is be sure to follow up with your doctor, take your medication and report anything unusual to him or her. Also, if you are home do you have good care? Family or friends? At your age your doctor could arrange home health. Be sure to eat healthy. ...Read more

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My 2 yo was laying in bed drinking from a sippy cup watching tv. He coughed and almost spit up but swallowed it. Could this cause aspiration pneumonia?

My 2 yo was laying in bed drinking from a sippy cup watching tv. He coughed and almost spit up but swallowed it. Could this cause aspiration pneumonia?

Upright > 30 angle: This could lead to aspiration pneumonia or inflammation of the airway. Drinking while supine increases the chance for an ear infection also. I would suggest having him sit up while drinking. If he shows any signs of respiratory problems or fever, a follow up visit should be done. ...Read more

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My 1.5 yo was drinking yesterday, coughed, spit up & swallowed it down. What is possibility of aspiration pneumonia? How soon & symptoms do I look for?

My 1.5 yo was drinking yesterday, coughed, spit up & swallowed it down. What is possibility of aspiration pneumonia? How soon & symptoms do I look for?

Quite unusual: Aspiration pneumonia in children with normal gag reflex and immune function is very unusual. If they do develop one, tachypnea (rapid breathing) and coughing will be the early signs. ...Read more

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Possibility of aspiration pneumonia if toddler drinking, coughed, started to spit up & swallowed back down. All while laying. Would symptoms be immediate?

Possibility of aspiration pneumonia if toddler drinking, coughed, started to spit up & swallowed back down. All while laying. Would symptoms be immediate?

Yes: Sounds like he has a normal gag reflex (to help get stuff out or airways that shouldn't be there). It's not uncommon to spit up and cough if goes down wrong tube. Symptoms such as breathing issues or becoming agitated would be somewhat immediate. ...Read more

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Does aspiration pneumonia occurs for just 3 hours?

No: Aspiration can occur in seconds. Deoending on the liquid or item aspirated, coughing, pneumonia, or sudden death can occur.
Most of us will cough water out.
Solid steak, peanuts etc can obstruct an entire airway.
Stomach contents, acid, may be in variable volumes and quite irritating to bronchi and lungs and lead to pneumonia and abscesses. ...Read more

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I need help! How do I know if I have aspiration pneumonia?

I need help! How do I know if I have aspiration pneumonia?

Pneumonia: If you think you have any type of pneumonia, please see your doctor and discuss all your symptoms. Your doc will be able to help determine the type of pneumonia and proper treatment. ...Read more

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Which is worse, community acquired pneumonia, or aspiration pneumonia?

Pneumonia: Comedic worried about you he's not too bad. Aspiration ammonia generally does not need antibiotics. However if something develops a high fever for eight hours or longer after it happens they can be very serious. Because it may cause abscess in the lungs. ...Read more

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Could right sided perihilar pneumonia be aspiration pneumonia?

Yes: Aspiration pneumonia most commonly is on the right side. Usually history of vomiting before. Most common in people who have difficulty swallowing. ...Read more

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Can breathing in cat hairs cause aspiration pneumonia (or any other type of pneumonia)?

Can breathing in cat hairs cause aspiration pneumonia (or any other type of pneumonia)?

Aspiration=gi tract: Aspiration pneumonia typically occurs when something you are swallowing goes into the trachea rather than down the esophagus or is coughed up and lands in the pulmonary tree and not in the stomach l. Breathing cat hairs is likely to cause an allergic reaction first, but I suppose you can get a type of pneumonia if very allergic. ...Read more

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I have bronchiatis also and have aspiration pneumonia can the chest pain I have becaused by this. I've done 2 different antibodics and no help?

I have bronchiatis also and have aspiration pneumonia can the chest pain I have becaused by this. I've done 2 different antibodics and no help?

Possibly: Typically, the pain caused by respiratory infection is worse with deep breath and cough. If yours meets those criteria, then it's likely related. If you have aspiration pneumonia, the question becomes, "why did you aspirate? " if you continue to aspirate, the antibiotics have an uphill battle. ...Read more

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Pt Dx'd with aspiration pneumonia. On antibiotic IV for 2 days now disc. Pt. has occasional bronchial sounding cough. Is pt pneumonia free?

Pt Dx'd with aspiration pneumonia. On antibiotic IV for 2 days now disc. Pt. has occasional bronchial sounding cough. Is pt pneumonia free?

Hopefully: Whoever made the diagnosis treated you first on an inpatient basis with IV mess and then decided that you could be treated on an outpatient basis safely. The fact that you have a cough is not a sufficient criteria of cure or not. Talk to your doc. If not satisfied make a virtual consult with me. ...Read more

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How soon does Aspiration pneumonia start? I was swimming last night andaccidentally inhaledsome water. I have had pain wheni breathe deeply occasionally

How soon does Aspiration pneumonia start? I was swimming last night andaccidentally inhaledsome water. I have had pain wheni breathe deeply occasionally

Inhaling pool water: Aspiration pneumonia usually occurs in debilitated patients who cannot protect their airway. I can imagine when u accidentally inhaled some pool water, u coughed vigorously. This is your body's way of protecting u. Patients that get aspiration pneumonia have largely lost this protective effect. If any pool water did somehow make it deep into your lungs, I believe u will recover just fine. ...Read more

Aspiration (Definition)

1. The removal of a gas or fluid by suction. 2. The sucking of fluid or a foreign body into the airway when drawing breath. 3. A surgical technique used in the treatment of cataracts of the eye, in which an incision is made into the cornea, the lens capsule is severed, and the material of the lens is fragmented and ...Read more


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Ct Scan (Definition)

Computed tomography (ct scan) or computed axial tomography (cat scan), is a medical imaging procedure that utilizes computer-processed x-rays to produce tomographic images or 'slices' of specific ...Read more